MEDICINE


Drink 3 pints of water a day to halve risk...

Women who suffer from frequent bouts of UTIs (urinary tract infections) should start drinking around three pints (1.5 litres) of water every day. It halves the chances of the problem...

Breast cancer caused by bacterial imbalance, and could be treated...

Medicine is slowly waking up to the relationship between health and the bacteria in our gut, known as the microbiome. But it's just got a whole lot more interesting still:...

Common plant more powerful than standard drugs to stop asthma...

  A common plant that can bought in most garden centres could stop even the severest and most distressing asthma attack in its tracks, scientists believe. And...

It's inflammation—and not cholesterol—that causes heart disease, major 25-year study...

  Heart disease has little to do with cholesterol levels (as we've been saying for the past decade or so), and everything to do with inflammation—and a...

Completing course of antibiotics is another medical myth

  It's one of the most widely held beliefs in medicine—and it's wrong. You don't have to complete a course of antibiotics, new research has found. ...

Statins aren't for everyone—despite the guidelines, doctors warn

Health advisers have got it seriously wrong when it comes to preventing heart disease, say doctors. Under new guidelines, virtually everyone should start taking cholesterol-lowering statins when they retire—and that...

Doctors putting lives at risk by ignoring safety guidelines over...

  Doctors are putting lives at risk by going against safety guidelines and are routinely prescribing an anticoagulant such as warfarin to all patients with irregular heartbeat.

Young women still being prescribed thalidomide

  Thalidomide, the morning sickness drug that caused appalling birth defects in more than 10,000 babies in the 1960s, is still being prescribed to young women who...

The 27 stressful events that can age your brain, and...

  There are 27 stressful events that can age our brain by up to four years, and increase the risk of dementia, researchers have found.
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